Mind-body therapies have been a significant area among integrative practices for research investment by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. A steady body of research is finding multiple values. Among these: basic science experts are tracking positive gene expression. A real world project found that a multi-week mind-body protocol produced 43 percent less utilization of regular medical services. But only recently has evidence emerged on how well this science and these powerful practices are becoming part of regular medical delivery.
A team of researchers from Albert Einstein School of Medicine, led by Chelsea McGuire, MD (pictured) and including Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH (below, left) recently took up the challenge via a qualitative study. They published their findings as “Facilitators and Barriers to the Integration of Mind–Body Medicine [MBM] into Primary Care.” The bottom line was not surprising. “The potential of MBM to improve delivery of healthcare remains far from fully realized, especially within primary care.”
The researchers described mind-body practices as a big basket that includes “mindfulness-based therapies, relaxation, hypnosis/autogenic training, visual imagery, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, t’ai chi, cognitive-behavioral therapies, group support, and spirituality.”
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